Jake

My name is Jake, I’m from Las Vegas, Nevada, and I had a pretty normal life growing up. My parents moved from southern California when I was 5. My dad and mom worked very hard to build their reputation in a new town. I would follow my older brother around and bother him all day long. Then he would beat me up for making him mad. I think that’s just part of being a little brother.

I was born and raised in Klamath Falls, Oregon. My early years were a mix of adjusting to my parents’ divorce and learning how to suck it up and keep moving. After years of seclusion and homeschooling under my grandmas tutelage; my dad, younger brother, and me moved into town. I quickly exploited my new freedom by exploring all the ways I could get into trouble. I started with marijuana and alcohol but progressed quickly to anything I could get my hands on.

Steve

Hi, my name is Steve.  I grew up outside the quiet town of Brownsville, Oregon.  I’m the third oldest of eight kids and my parents’ home schooled all of us until we reached at least 15 years of age.  Needless to say, it was quite the experience growing up in that environment.  Although there were some considerable advantages being brought up like that, there were some disadvantages as well.  One disadvantage was that I had practically zero knowledge of or exposure to drugs and alcohol until I moved out when I turned 18.

Marshall

I grew up in a loving family and in the church.  I always struggled in school — comparing myself to others and thinking I was not good enough.  I was dealing with rejection, shame, and doubt.

The life I led before I knew the Lord was one of destruction, confusion, and emptiness.  I grew up pretty typical.  My parents got a divorce when I was young, and my mom got remarried.  This came with a lie from the enemy that it was somehow my fault that I was not loved by my father; that he left me and did not care about me. 

Todd

My name is Todd, and before coming to Adult & Teen Challenge I would lie, cheat, and steal to get what I wanted.  I had no desire to live anymore. I was at the point where I was going to take my own life. I found myself wondering who I was. I had voids inside that I was trying to fill with drugs. I was living on the streets with only a backpack, trying to find a place to stay every night. I had burned every bridge so I cried out for help. I had tried several secular rehabs which didn't have what I needed.

Jeff

My name is Jeff, and I am a student in Teen Challenge. I struggled my entire adult life with drug and alcohol addiction.

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